Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Can you believe it's Christmas? After months of waiting for the big day to arrive, it is finally here. Right now I am attempting to make a kringle, but I am unsure how it is going to turn out. I think I am a little ambitious. I know, I haven't been blogging as I should be and I do apologize.
 
I know being busy should no longer be an excuse, as I am in the process of several things which include working full time until January 2015 before making my permanent move to Pennsylvania from Montana to live with my amazing soul mate and best friend, Joe, along with writing for Examiner and AXS. I have had to endure quite a few things so far, but so far so good.
 
On top of that, I am working with several companies/people on future projects for 2015. Although I don't want to tell you everything (and I do have a habit of doing this sometimes because I get excited and think so far ahead), I will say that one of them includes an amazing partnership with one of my favorite vegetarian food brands where I will attend an online culinary arts school and use their products to create and execute recipes.
 
There are a lot of things just getting started, as there are a lot of things coming, so expect the unexpected. I do apologize for not blogging as much as I should be, but I promise when I get everything settled, you can expect me to blog much more. In the meantime, check out my "Best in Beauty 2014 Awards".
 
On that note: Merry Christmas everyone. May your days be happy, joyful, cheery and as bright as you are.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Holiday Shopping 2014: Baby Quasar

Pure Rayz from Baby Quasar.
Baby Quasar offers some of the greatest in-home LED light therapy devices you will ever use. Whether you are looking to a product to help reduce acne or rosacea (blue light therapy) or simply looking for an anti-aging light which will stimulate collagen production, the Baby Quasar is perfect. It has also been approved and evaluated by the FDA.
 
The devices include: Quasar MD Plus (Baby Quasar's most powerful LED red light therapy system), Quasar MD Blue (Baby Quasar's most powerful LED blue light therapy system), Baby Quasar Plus (available in both red and blue LED light therapy), Pure Rayz (anti-aging red light therapy device), Clear Rayz (acne blue light therapy device), and an array of serums and creams.
 
Every Baby Quasar includes a warranty. Lifetime for the MD and the Baby Quasar Plus devices and 5 years for the Pure and Clear Rayz devices.
 
Check out my review here about the Pure Rayz device.
 
Throughout the holidays, you can enjoy the following offers from Baby Quasar:
 
Get 15% off right now by using code: SARAH2014.
Free shipping.
 
To get started shopping at Baby Quasar, simply click here.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Fashion Talk with Trinh Pham: Interview with Sexy Dresses

Sexy Dresses is an online retailer that carries an array of fashion-foward dresses for a great price. With everything from cocktail dresses to bandage dresses, Sexy Dresses has it all. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Trinh T. Pham, the marketing director of the store. Here is what he had to say...

(Q) Hello. How are you? Tell me a little more about SexyDresses.com...

I am doing very well, that you for asking! Well, SexyDresses.com is a place where women visit to find that perfect dress! Whether it’s for a baby shower, a high school prom, or a birthday celebration, we strive to make it a one-stop shop for dresses and shoes, which is why, carry a selection that will accommodate events of all types, but more importantly women of all ages! Aside from what we carry, we want Sexydresses.com to feel as if you’ve got a friend that will give you the most honest advice; it isn’t about just making a sale or doing a job then going home we have available chat stylists that love to give advice on what dress will accommodate which shoe, and phone representatives that are there to make any last minute order changes or assist a customer in placing an order. We want the customer to feel like they’ve got a buddy on the other end.

(Q) When it comes to the Sexy Dresses, you offer some of the hautest fashion couture for less. I have to ask, what does fashion mean for you?
Definitely! For me, fashion is fun! The good thing about the aesthetics of fashion is that it’s universal. Fashion doesn’t know race, it doesn’t know gender. Yes, its articles of clothing, but the clothing doesn’t define you, it enhances you! I feel if your personality is reflected through your style and clothing, then it shows it shows in the way you walk, and in the way you talk. We do know fashion can get a bit out of hand sometimes, girls will buy the next hottest trend, just because Rihanna wore it to the Cannes film festival or Kim Kardashian looks good in it, but you gotta’ ask yourself, are these high waisted shorts, or $150 pair of wedge heels who you truly are? If not, take it off and start over! That’s the good thing about fashion; you can always experiment until you find out what’s truly you.

(Q) Fashion trends tend to change frequently, as they vary upon both psychographic and demographic factors. I have to ask, what are the most popular trends right now?
Hmm, I feel that is quite difficult to pin point, since fashion trends are ever-evolving. One minute the high-waisted shorts are in, then the next floral everything is in. But for the sake of this interview, I’d say midi length dresses, sexy 2-piece sets, prints, and last but not least bandage dresses.

(Q) You have everything from bodycon and bandage dresses to classic sequin styles to various lace pieces and more. What is your biggest sellers right now? Tell me a little more about Sexy Dresses most popular dresses...
At the moment, our bandage dresses, as well as, our 2-Piece crop top and skirt sets are what’s really hot! We base our styles on not only what’s trending, but really, we base our styles on what our customers want, and even what they’ve actually asked to see! Which is another reason why we love our clients, we love that they are vocal and not afraid to ask for a certain style or other sizes, and we definitely encourage that!

(Q) It's a well known fact that sizes vary upon brand. If a woman shops on SexyDresses.com, how can she determine what size is right for her?

That is a good question! We definitely know that sizing uncertainty and inconsistencies are one of the main reasons why women or anyone for that matter refrain from shopping online, but we try our best to keep our sizing as consistent as possible, however, we know it may vary depending on the style, the cut, and materials used which is why we encourage our customers faced with a sizing dilemma to utilize one of our many contact features to get in touch with a stylist or a representative to inquire further.

(Q) You are always offering an array of incentives. You have sales often. I have to ask, when are your biggest sales?
Who doesn’t love a sale right? I would say our sales are random, but we have our major sales during the holidays, like for instance we had a $9.95 blowout sale on a large selection of items for Black Friday. But we try to make our sales unpredictable which is why we encourage our customers who love a good sale to sign up for our newsletter so they are the firsts to know!

(Q) For all of those fashion fanatics and enthusiasts reading this interview, what would you like them to know about SexyDresses.com? What is next for the store?
SexyDresses.com is still a growing company, we pride ourselves in providing quality products at affordable prices, but that is only from a business standpoint. What we want really care about are our friends, we want our customers to feel like they’ve got a friend on the inside, someone they can ask for advice or share their insecurities with. I know I’ve said that before, but I can’t stress that enough. We not only want our clients feeling like a million bucks when they slip on that Sexy Dress, but we want them to walk away satisfied with the entire transaction, and not just the dress. If you haven’t made up your mind on which dress to choose, chat with us! If you want a live-rep to assist you in placing the order because you don’t feel comfortable doing it, give us a call! And if we’re not there, leave a message! Messages will always be returned.

I feel our superb customer service and happy customers are what makes our company not good, not great, but AWESOME!

For more information, please visit www.sexydresses.com today!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday Shopping 2015: Julep

I am a huge fan of Julep. In fact, one of my favorite nail polishes to date is "Oscar" (a stunning yet vibrant gold glitter) which you can see pictured below:


Julep's Oscar Nail Polish.

For Black Friday (11/27) through Cyber Monday (11/30) and throughout the entire holiday season, Julep is offering the following deals:

$1 select nail polishes. Use code: ONE. (Valid until 11/30)
Get 50% off select Julep holiday gifts. Use code: CYBERWOW. (Cyber Monday)
Get 40% off throughout the holiday season. Use code: SHOPEARLY.
Get a free Julep x RuMe tote when you spend $10 or more. Use code: RUMELOVE.
Get a stunning metallic wristlet stuffed with Julep goodies when you spend $35 or more. Use code: JUBILEE.
Get a 6-piece gift (a $120 value) free when you spend $35 or more. Use code: SHINETIME.
Get a free 4-piece set (a $56 value) with any purchase of $25 or more. Use code: CANTWAIT.
Get a free 4-piece nail set with any purchase. Use code: FROSTY. (dark red, plum, metallic silver polishes, etc.)
Get a free 4-piece nail set with any purchase. Use code: TREAT. (red, plum glitter, metallic polishes, etc.)
Get a free 4-piece nail set with any purchase. Use code: CHEERS. (silver, burgundy, glitter polishes, etc.)
Get a free gift with your purchase of $25 or more. Use code: FABFALL. (ongoing)
Subscribe to a Julep subscription and your first box is free. Use code: FREEBOX. (ongoing)
Sign up for newsletter/email and get a free gift. 
Get a free nail color when you sign up for a Julep subscription. (ongoing)

I know where I am going to be shopping now through the weekend. To get started shopping at Julep, simply click here or click the banner below...

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

5 Reasons to Shop at FragranceNET

Located in the heart of Deer Park, NY, FragranceNET provides you with an extensive selection of genuine brands at only the lowest prices. With everything from fragrances, skincare, candles, aromatherapy, and more; it is one of my favorite places to shop. So, what are 5 reasons to shop at FragranceNET?

1. Great Value. Recently when browsing FragranceNET.com, I discovered a Viva La Juicy fragrance set that I have had my eyes on. The set includes a 3.4 oz of Juicy Couture's Viva La Juicy eau de parfum, a 4.2 oz body lotion of the amazing fragrance, and a 4.2 oz shower gel. Normally this would cost about $115 if I were to purchase this elsewhere; however, I was able to find this amazing product for the bargain price of $63.19. How is that for great value?

2. Extensive Selection. Not only does FragranceNET offer one of the best selections you will ever find on the world wide web of fragrances, they also offer skincare, makeup, hair care, aromatherapy, and candles. Yes, candles. I was about to find a Northern Lights Candle in Warm Cinnamon Buns for only $12.50. It is literally the best scented candle I have ever smelled.

3. Discontinued Items. I have been searching for Vera Wang's Princess Night for the longest time. As a huge fan of this particular perfume, I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised to find it here. When purchasing the 3.4 oz eau de parfum elsewhere, you can be expected to pay $75, if not more. I was able to get this perfume for only $48.19. How cool is that?

4. Great Customer Service. A business with bad customer service is like a blue sky without sunshine. It's extremely depressing and can really hurt a business. Luckily, you will not find bad customer service at FragranceNET because it just doesn't exist. Not only is the staff prompt, but they always manage to help you no matter what problematic issue you are enduring. You have to love that.

5. Product Guarantee. When you shop here, you can be expected to find only original and authentic products. In fact, if you read FragranceNET's FAQ section on their website, they promise you only genuine products. They do NOT carry knock-offs or imitations.

FragranceNET also offers free shipping on every order of any size, which I absolutely love. For more information about FragranceNET, please visit FragranceNET today.

Holiday Shopping 2015: Marc Jacobs Beauty

Marc Jacobs is an incredibly talented fashion designer, yes, but what everyone doesn't not realize is that he stamping his mark in the beauty world. In fact, ever since the launch last year, I have been quite a fan. 

For Black Friday (11/27) and Cyber Monday (11/30) Marc Jacobs Beauty is offering the following deals:

Get 4 free samples + free shipping over $60. Use code: MARCDAY. (Cyber Monday, 11/30 only)
Get 4 free essentials when you spend $30 or more. Use code: MONDAY. (Expires: 12/2/15)
Free deluxe highlighter when you spend $75 or more. Use code: MINI. (ongoing)
Free shipping on any order. Use code: SHIP. (Valid: 1/1/16)
Free shipping when you spend $50 or more. (ongoing)

I am very excited about the #BLACQUERFRIDAY sets, especially "In The Nude". I also really want the #InstaMarc since I am really all about contouring these days. Discover luxury reinvented. To get started shopping at Marc Jacobs Beauty, simply click here or click the banner below...

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Holiday Shopping 2015: Beauty.com

Beauty.com is one of my favorite places to shop online. Why? Because they offer great products for a great price. Not to mention they have frequent sales and my personal favorite, GWPs (or Gifts with Purchases). 

For Black Friday through Cyber Monday, Beauty.com is having the following sales you don't want to miss... 

Get $15 off when you spend $75 or more. (Expires: 11/30)

Gifts with Purchases (or GWPs):

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I know where I am going to be shopping. To get started shopping at Beauty.com, simply click here or click the banner below...

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Holiday Shopping 2015: TEMPTU

TEMPTU is one of my favorite makeup brands. As one of the greatest, if not the greatest, airbrush system around, it is a brand to not only love, but trust too. Earlier this year, I had the greatest opportunity to speak with Samantha Mandor, TEMPTU's COO and co-owner. She was amazing to talk with and had a lot of great energy. In fact, you can read the interview I did with her, here

For Black Friday (11/27/15) through Cyber Monday (11/30/15) TEMPTU is having the following sales:
 
Save up to $50 on select TEMPTU trios and sets.
Sign up for newsletter and email, get 10% off your first purchase. (ongoing)
Invite a friend, get a $25 gift from TEMPTU. (ongoing)
Free shipping when you spend $50 or more. (ongoing)

I just want to say that I have had the opportunity to try the airbrush system and I absolutely love it. Not only does my skin look amazing, but the makeup is water-resistant and does not dry out nor flake or fade. I also love that this line does not break me out. If you are searching for an amazing airbrush medium, I recommend TEMPTU's.

To get grab your airbrush system along with other airbrush essentials from TEMPTU, simply click here today.

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Holiday Shopping 2015: Lifeline Skin Care

Lifeline Skin Care emphasizes on using stem cells, as they are building blocks in our skin and as a result, help renew the skin. They offer quite a few select essentials that deliver some of the greatest anti-aging benefits you will ever use.

For Black Friday (11/27/15) Lifeline Skin Care is offering the following deals:

Get 25% off right now. Use code: BUY25. (11/20-11/27)
Get 15% off right now. Use code: LIFELINE15. (ongoing)
Free shipping when you spend $75 or more.

Lifeline skincare has been featured in the 1st Annual Best in Beauty Awards for Examiner.com. To grab your Lifeline Skin Care essentials, simply click here right now.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Shopping 2015: Yves Rocher

Yves Rocher is one of my favorite beauty brands. Offering some of the greatest skin care, makeup, bath & body, and fragrance, this French inspired brand offers amazing essentials for everyone. Recently, I have discovered quite a few products that I absolutely love. Some of them include: Elixir Youth Intensifier Serum, Elixir Youth Energy Day Care Moisturizer, Quad Eyeshadow Sumptuous Color in Deep Grey and in Incandescent Brown, and Grand Rouge Lipstick in Powdery Pink. 

For Black Friday, as well as, Cyber Monday 2015, Yves Rocher is offering the following deals:

Get free shipping when you spend $20 or more. Use code: YRFREESHIP. (Expires: 11/29/15) 
100 gifts for only $2 each. (no code) 
$3 Gift Ideas. (ongoing) 
Up to 50% off select holiday gifts. 
 Free Gift with every purchase. 
Spend $20 or more and get a 2nd free gift. 
Spend $45+ and get a 3rd gift free. 

 Whether a gift for your mother, your father, your sister, your brother or any other, including yourself, I think we can all agree that Yves Rocher has amazing gifts for virtually everyone. And I don't know about you, but I know where I will be this Black Friday. To get started shopping at Yves Rocher, simply click here right now.


Holiday Shopping 2015: GNC

GNC (or General Nutrition Corporation) offers an array of vitamins and supplements that really allow you to embrace health and wellness in every way possible. Established in 1935, this Pittsburgh based company has been around for almost a century. And with over 7,000 locations around the world and over 13,000 employees, it is definitely one of my favorite stores both online and in-store. 

With everything from vitamins and minerals to herbs and supplements to various sports nutrition such as protein powders, creatine, and pre-workouts to weight management and diet support to energy products, and much more, you can find virtually everything under the sun here. 

For Black Friday (November 27th) and Cyber Monday (November 30th) GNC is offering the following deals:

$9.99 Super Sale + $3.99 Flat Rate Shipping. (Valid 11/23-11/24)
Get 30% off right now + $3.99 Flat Rate Shipping. (Valid 11/25-11/26)
Buy One, Get One 50% off on all GNC brands + $3.99 Flat Rate Shipping. (Valid 11/27-11/29)
Buy One, Get One 50% on all Top Performing Products. (Valid from now until 11/28)
Get 40% off your entire purchase. Only at GNC.com. No code. (11/29-11/30 only)

Other offers:
 
Sign up for a Gold Card GNC membership and get 20% off your entire purchase. Just click here to get started now.
GNC members save 25% on all probiotics.
Fill out your GNC user profile + sign up for email/newsletter to receive 15% off now. (ongoing)
Save 20% on all full body cleanses.
Get up to 50% off GNC holiday gift bundles and sets. (ongoing)
$3.99 flat rating shipping. (ongoing)
Free shipping on all pet products. (ongoing)
Review your favorite products and save $10 off your next purchase. (ongoing)


Gift with Purchases (or GWPs):

Free BSN swag when you purchase $100 or more of BSN products.
Free MusclePharm socks when you spend $50 or more on MusclePharm products.
Free Hyde t-shirt when you purchase $50 or more of Dr. Jekyll products.
Free EVL t-shirt with any EVL purchase.
Free GQ-6 water bottle with any purchase of GQ-6.
Free iSatori shaker with any iSatori sports purchase.
Free Force Factor shaker with any purchase of Cannobol or Gainzzz purchase.
Free Store and Go Funnel with any Xtend purchase. 

I don't know about you, but I know where I am going to be this Friday and Monday. To get started shopping at GNC, simply click here or click the banner below...

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Holiday Shopping 2015: Elizabeth Arden

Established in 1910, Elizabeth Arden is not only one of the most recognizable names in the beauty industry today, but as a beauty brand one of the pioneers. In fact, as a global prestige beauty brand, Elizabeth Arden offers anti-aging skincare, makeup, and fragrance.

Black Friday is on November 27th this year, as Cyber Monday is on November 30th this year. For Black Friday, as well as, Cyber Monday, Elizabeth Arden is offering the following deals:

Sign up to receive emails and get 10% off your first purchase. Use code: BEAUTIFUL.
Get a free sample of Ceramide Capsules when you spend $45 or more. (Ongoing)
Get 20% off beauty duos. Can be combined with any code. (Ongoing)
Best selling beauty items for $35 and under. (Ongoing)
Save $29 when you purchase Ceramide Capsules Youth Restoring Serum 180 piece set. (Ongoing)
6 Elizabeth Arden deluxe-size samples + free shipping with your purchase of $45 or more. Use code: Makeover45
Free Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum + Free Shipping. Use code: THANKS. (Thanksgiving Day Event) 


Free 7-Piece Deluxe Gift + Night Cream Bonus + Free Shipping on any purchase of $55 or more. Use code: BLACKFRIDAY. (11/27)
11 Iconic Products + Designer Clutch with any $65+ purchase. Free shipping is also included. Use code: CyberRED. (11/30)
25-Pc Limited Edition Makeup Collection for only $39.50 (a $270 value). Can be combined with any other code. (Ongoing)
Get a 36-Piece Gift for $49.50 (a $400+ value) with any $32.50 purchase. (Expires: 12/14)
Save $66 on PREVAGE "Results-In-4 Weeks" Serum Set. (Ongoing)
Save $20 on select gift sets. (Ongoing)
Get up to 48% off select Elizabeth Arden essentials. 
Free shipping on any order. Use code: EA2. (Valid 11/24-11/29)
Free shipping when you spend $40 or more. (Ongoing)

I don't know about you, but I know where I will be shopping. To get started shopping at Elizabeth Arden, simply click here today.


Friday, November 21, 2014

SUSU Handbags: Baxter Mermaid Fishskin Leather Crossbody Bag

Baxter Mermaid Fishskin Leather
Crossbody Bag
in Beige.
Created by Susu herself, this incredibly talented designer who resides in the heart of the big apple (NYC) and city of angels (LA) has quite the history in the business. Not only has she worked for BCBG Max Azaria, but she's established herself in the fashion scene many years prior.

Her luxury handbags are amazing, possessing only the finest materials including the greatest quality of leather. Recently, it was an honor to be chosen to receive one of her amazing handbags (thank you Susu and eAccountable), the Baxter Mermaid Fishskin Leather Crossbody Bag in Beige which retails for $278. I absolutely love this bag and so far, have received quite a few compliments about it.

Not only does this amazing addition to SUSU Handbags include a genuine dual texture leather, the fishskin pattern makes it look like something you would find in a high-end boutique for thousands of dollars beyond the $278 price tag. The leather is also 100% authentic and quite soft, which I really love. I also love the idea that it's durable in a sense that you can tell it's not the type to wear off.

I also really love this bag because the strap drop is only 21" and it includes an amazing adjustable crossbody strap. This gives you the ability to wear this as a crossbody, as well as, carrying it as an actual handbag. With a width of 10", height of 8", and a depth of 3", this bag is great for carrying quite a few things and a lot bigger than I had originally assumed.

The center strap really adds a lot of definition to this bag along with the pivot metal closure. At first, I was sort of confused by the closure, until I discovered that all you have to do is line up the sides to actually open it.

For the holidays this year, SUSU Handbags is offering the following deals:

On Black Friday, November 28th 2014 Susu Handbags is offering 40% off + Free Shipping. Just use code: BLACKFRIDAY
On Cyber Monday, December 1st 2014 Susu Handbags is offering 40% off + Free Shipping. Just use code: CYBERMONDAY
For Green Monday, December 8th 2014 use code: GREENMONDAY for 40% off + Free Shipping. 
 On Thursday, December 18th 2014, use code: FREESHIPPING to not only receive free shipping, but 40% off too.

To grab your SUSU Handbag, simply click here or click the banner below... 


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Beauty Talk with Gavée Gold

I am a huge fan of gold. In fact, it is one of my favorite elements. One of the most surprisingly interesting things that I have discovered about this element is the fact that it is also a mineral, which has many benefits both internally and externally.

Recently, I had the chance to speak with Tiffany Andersen about her skin care line Gavée Gold where she told me some amazing knowledge about this incredible element. We also talked about the amazing Gavée Gold essentials too. 

To read my interview with Tiffany Andersen, the founder of Gavée Gold, simply click here right now.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Limited-Edition Beauty Tins from One Direction


One Direction Beauty Tins.
One Direction is one of the hottest musical acts to hit the scene. And, as of November 15th they have dipped into the beauty scene with their various makeup essentials. Recently, I had the amazing opportunity to put these limited-edition beauty tins from One Direction Beauty to the test, courtesy of Brand Backer.

These One Direction additions are limited-edition and include various makeup essentials that work together to create an array of makeup looks. There are a total of 5, One Direction Beauty Tins. One for each One Direction member. They include: Harry, Niall, Zayn, Liam, and Louis. Thanks to Brand Backer and Markwins Beauty, I received Harry (Styles), Niall (Horan), and Zayn (Malik). 

Harry Styles.


Each palette includes: 6 eye shadows, 5 lip glosses, 2 nail polishes, and 1 eye pencil which is presented in an unique tin. This is the ultimate swag for not only the One Direction fan, but makeup enthusiast in your life.

What makes these palettes different and unique is the actual tin itself. The front and the sides all include various art and doodling, as you can see from the images.



What I found most exciting about this One Direction collectible is the eye shadows. The eye shadows include: Nobody Compares, Tell Me A Lie, Same Mistakes, I Would, Summer Love, and Everything About You. I absolutely love Nobody Cares because it's the perfect Silver for a smoky eye, however, I Would is probably the most flexible yet adaptable shade in the entire collection. 


Zayn Malik.
I have to tell you, I am really loving the lip products in these One Direction sets. The lip glosses include: Loved You First, One Thing, Irresistible, Heart Attack, and Over Again. I absolutely love Loved You First, but I am also extremely fond of Irresistible. 

Over Again is more of a top coat with optics, so you can actually wear this alone or over top of your favorite lip product. 
Niall Horan.


The nail polishes (or varnishes) include: Stole My Heart and Alive. I really like Stole My Heart, but as a huge fan of top coats, I have to say that Alive is my favorite out of the two. 

The eye pencil is in "I Want" which is a stunning matte black. 



These Limited-Edition Beauty Tins are currently available at Sears, K-Mart, Target, and Walmart (Canada). Please "like" Makeup by One Direction on Facebook

Aztec City Palette + Lash Color in Teal from Paula Dorf Cosmetics



Aztec City Palette.
Recently I find myself discovering new brands and products. If it wasn't for Brand Backer, I don't think I would have discovered Paula Dorf Cosmetics. In fact, this blogging program recently offered an amazing opportunity to try several Paula Dorf makeup essentials which include the Aztec City Palette and the Lash Color in Teal

What do you get when you combine 5 stunning shades in a very compact case that includes a mirror and a brush? The Aztec City Palette. This palette includes 5 shades that work together to create amazing looks. You can wear them alone or together. 

I absolutely love the blue shade in this amazing Paula Dorf addition. It's a neutral light blue, but possesses an unique iridescent green shimmer that cannot be explained. Although I find myself more of a neutral or smoky eyed type of gal, I really love this blue because it's quite unique. The nudes in this palette are great for achieving a neutral look, including a wearable smoky. They are also great for contouring too. 


The Aztec City Palette also includes a double-ended brush. I must say that the double-ended brush included with this palette is incredible. I absolutely love how it grabs the eye shadow and works as not only an eye shadow brush, but a fluff brush, a blending brush, and even an eyeliner brush. 

The Lash Color is definitely something to admire. At first, I was quite skeptical because I am not one who really likes wearing colored mascara. In fact, I am the type of girl that always wears black with the occasional dark brown. The mascara is actually pretty and the color pay-off produced is faint yet visible. The brush is decent sized and makes the application that much better. I actually enjoy it very much. 


Overall, I was very impressed with both of these essentials, especially the Aztec City Palette. 

You can grab the Aztec City Palette for $36 and the Teal Mascara for $21 at http://www.pauladorf.com right now. Get a free Lash Color in Teal with your purchase right now. Just use code: TEAL.

Introducing New Makeup Line from One Direction


One Direction Makeup Line.
When it comes to the pop group One Direction, I don't think there is anyone in the world that doesn't know who they are. As one of the talented boy bands to hit the music scene, they recently partnered with Markwins to create some amazing beauty essentials. 

As a self proclaimed makeup junkie, I have to tell you, when I heard they were offering a chance to receive the products via Brand Backer, I literally jumped at the opportunity. As a result, I received several essentials from Markwins directly from One Direction's new makeup line.

The set is expanding, but in short, I received quite a few One Direction Beauty essentials to get me started. One of them is the Liquilights Glow Glosses in Through The Dark, Kiss You, and Taken. Through the Dark is bright pink red shade and under a UV light changes to more of a red-orange neon shade. Kiss You is more of a bright hot pink meets fuchsia that changes to a bright orange when under a UV light. Taken is a stunning light orange shade that changes to a bright yellow when it's exposed to ultraviolet light. 

My favorite shade is definitely Kiss You. It's the brightest of the bunch and such a fun yet unique color. I would assume that the most flexible shade is Taken, as it's the most natural looking out of the three. 

Liquilights Glow Gloss is definitely something that I love. In fact, out of all of the products I received, it's truly my favorite, I think. I am very impressed with not only the glosses being extremely pigmented, but hydrating. The color pay-off products is also outstanding. I was also quite shocked at how long-lasting it was too. 
Through the Dark, Kiss You, and Taken.


Moving onto the One Direction's Electro Glam Mascara. Electro Glam Mascara comes in 3 unique shades. They include: Why Don't We Go There, Does He Know, and Story Of My Life. Why Don't We Go There is best described as a royal blue. I love this color because it's quite audacious. Does He Know is a very intense hot pink shade. Although this isn't fuchsia, it has the hot pink factor that makes it work. Story of My Life is more of a bright golden yellow. Almost like the color of the Steelers. 

I really love the mascara because it's a lot of fun. I really love the concept of the mascara and the fact that it produces an amazing color payoff. It is not only great for the lashes, but hair too. 

Rock Me Nail Kit includes quite a few essentials. To be honest, I was shocked to see three nail varnishes, as well as, three universal glitters. The nail varnishes include: Happily, Moments, and Diana. Happily is more of a bright iced blue shade. The glitter is evident, but there isn't a lot of it. Moments is a pretty warm pink shade. Diana of course is a clear/silver top coat that really stands out the most. In fact, my favorite from the One Direction Rock Me Nail Kit is definitely Diana, as it is a stunning holographic glitter polish that works amazing alone or over your favorite polish.

What about the glitter? The glitters include: Kicks, Not Afraid, and Star. Kicks is a stunning light blue. Almost like a pastel or iced blue rather a royal or navy blue. Not Afraid is a light yet bright pink glitter. Star is very clear yet has some white and silver optics in it. I love them all equally, as they are all great for multiple uses, however, I find myself really loving Star because it works great for highlighting and contouring. 


One Direction Nail Varnish in Diana.
This brand is growing and I am very excited to see what One Direction has in store for not only their fans, but makeup lovers and junkies around the world. 

Why? Because the colors are fun, they are bold, and they are current. How hot is that?

As of November 15th (last Saturday), these products are available at your nearest Macy's, Dillards, Boscov's, and Lord & Taylor. They are also available at various Stage Stores too. 

In the meantime "like" Makeup by One Direction on Facebook.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Beauty Talk with Sibu Beauty


It was great talking to Peter McMullin of Sibu Beauty about the brand. What I found so intriguing about this brand is the fact that they use Sea Buckthorn in everything. Peter possessed amazing knowledge of this amazing berry. 

The knowledge and use of Omegas is something to value. I had no clue of the many benefits of the Omegas. It's just astounding to me the health benefits of them, along with the Sea Buckthorn berry.

Another great thing that I learned from this entire interview with Peter about Sibu Beauty is the fact that it was recognized by the 14th Dalai Lama. Sibu Beauty has not only changed people's lives in a health sense, but in a humanitarian sense too. It has also established jobs in foreign lands, as well.

To read my interview with Peter McMullin of Sibu Beauty, simply click here right now.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Beauty Talk with Vitabath

Vitabath offers some of the greatest bath
and body essentials you will ever use.
Recently, I had the greatest opportunity to speak with the CEO of Vitabath, Richard Neill. He is one of the most inspiring people I have ever had the chance to speak with. 

Vitabath is one of my favorite bath and body brands. Although I love an array of scents from this amazingly underrated beauty brand, I am a huge fan of the Cupcake Couture line (primarily the Luscious Lemon Creme, being my ultimate favorite.)

The interview talks a lot about the Vitabath brand, the products, fragrance, and of course beauty in general. What I learned from Mr. Neill about the sense of smell was incredible, as well. It was great speaking with him about this amazing brand. 

To read my interview with Richard Neill, the CEO of Vitabath, simply click here right now.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

KISS InstaWave


When I heard about an amazing opportunity to try the KISS InstaWave automatic curling iron (thank you Brandbacker), I jumped at the chance. Why? Because I am always looking to try new products, especially anything involving hair. 

PROS

Whether you have short hair, long hair, fine hair, or thick hair, you will benefit from using the KISS InstaWave because it works with virtually every hair type. 

This hair device is amazingly versatile and efficient, as you can create both inward and outward curls. You can also achieve loose curls and tight curls. I love the curls that I achieved when using the InstaWave. In only 4 steps, it takes less than 10 seconds to achieve a curl. 

Using the ceramic ionic technology, your hair is fully protected from any awkward DNA damage. Incorporating various styling essentials can also promote this. 

When it comes to tangles, you don't have to worry about that, as this device is tangle-free. If you are concerned about your hair ripping, you don't have to worry with the InstaWave. If anything were to occur, all you have to do is rotate the barrel. 

The barrel is moved left-to-right with the amazing directional switch, which I absolutely love. Again, if your hair gets tangled, you can use this feature, so your hair doesn't get caught in the device.

What I loved most about this amazing KISS addition is the fact that a blue light pops on, as an alert that the temperature is right. Automatic shut off after 1 hour and 30 minutes makes this device incredibly safe.

At just $59.99, this is under $100. I think this mid-end price is perfect for those looking for a styler that works in multiple ways. 

The KISS InstaWave has a 2-year warranty.

CONS

This is only a 1". Although it works with every hair type, if you are looking for something larger or smaller, you may not find this curling iron appealing.

If your hair is not brushed thoroughly, it may get tangled and even dry out. Before using this particular device, you may want to make sure that your hair is conditioned properly, as well as, brushed. If you do not, your hair will get tangled in the barrel. 

I have long hair and if you have long hair like me, it will take sometime getting use to simply because it takes a few seconds just to wrap a few strands around the barrel. I find that the barrel is very close to medium length. So, it may take longer curling your hair. 

The InstaWave is $59.99. If you are looking to spend under $50, you may not find that this device is in your budget. 

You can grab the KISS InstaWave at your nearest KISS InstaWave or retailer (ULTA, Target, or Amazon.com) for $59.99. Would I use this curling iron again? Yes. Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes. For more information, visit: KISSInstaWave.com today.

Holidays 2014: Top 10 Beauty Stocking Stuffers at Nordstrom

Nails Inc. London "Cracker" Collection.
Not only does this make an amazing gift for
the nail enthusiast in your life, but a great
stocking stuffer too.
As Fall is here and Winter is near, the holidays are soon to magically appear. And as they approach us, so does the demand to find a great gift this holiday season. Stocking stuffers are simply smaller, side gifts. So, what are the top 10 best beauty stocking stuffers of 2014 at Nordstrom?

10. Bella j. Deluxe Eye, Cheek, & Lip Palette. This includes 27 eye shadows, 3 blushes, and 3 lip glosses. And as a bonus, a little surprise is included (hint: charm). As a Nordstrom exclusive, this is a $300 value for only $32.50. If this isn't a deal, then I don't know what is. (Click Here)

9. Molton Brown London 'Bath & Body Treasures' Collection. This set includes six body washes and six shower gels at 1.7 oz. each. They include: Pink Pepperpod, Gingerlily, Ylang-Ylang, Templetree, Black Peppercorn, and Orange & Bergamot. A $93 value for just $60, this Nordstrom exclusive is one of the best gifts this year. Whether you want to stuff one of these into a stocking or give one as a small gift to someone, whether you want to give the entire set to someone or simply want to keep it all for yourself, whoever receives this gift is truly going to love it. (Click Here)

8. LORAC 'The Royal Lip Lustre' Creme Set. This amazing LORAC addition includes six lip glosses in Empress, Princess, Enchanted, Reign, Crown, and Tiara. Don't wait to own the crown, get it now as this $90 value is only $25. These are also vanilla-scented too. It is also limited edition, so once it is gone, it is gone for good. (Click Here)

7. Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Color Set. The shades included in this fabulous Laura Mercier addition include: Rose Gold, Amethyst, Moonlight, Copper, Khaki, and Cocoa. The mini eye colors are 0.03 oz. each. Made in Italy, this $101 value is just $55. Whether a gift for your sister, your mother, or any other beauty fanatic in your life, anyone who receives this gift will truly love it. (Click Here)

6. The Philosophy 'Vanilla Brown Sugar' Duo. Not only is this a limited edition beauty essential, it is a Nordstrom exclusive. The gourmand fragrance in this is so amazing, anyone who receives this gift will not only love it, but appreciate that much more. For $27, you will receive an 8 oz. Vanilla Brown Sugar 3-in-1 along with a 6 oz. Vanilla Brown Sugar hot salt body scrub. (Click Here)

5. Nails Inc. London "Cracker" Collection. This nail set includes 6 polishes that celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. For $38, you will receive Nail Inc. London's Kensington High Street, Trafalgar Crescent, Mayfair Mews, Baker Street, Mayfair Lane, and Kings Road. As a $63 value, this nail set is the perfect gift for any nail enthusiast. (Click Here)

4. Juicy Couture "Viva La Juicy" Pen Travel Set. When it comes to scent, there is a lot to value. Why? Because of the sense of smell is the only sense that goes directly to the brain. So, when you smell something, you are always going to be reminded of the moment you first smelled it. Available for $36, this perfume set includes: Viva La Juicy, Viva La Juicy Noir, and Viva La Juicy Fleur. By Juicy Couture, these fragrance pens are  in 0.33 oz. size, making them perfect for travel. (Click Here
The Perfect Brow Set from Chantecaille
makes an amazing stocking stuffer this holiday
season. 


3. Chantecaille 'The Perfect Brow' Set. This amazing set includes a trio of Chantecaille additions, held inside a faux-crocodile, patent-leather cosmetics bag. These essentials include: a waterproof brow definer, full brow perfecting gel, and brow lift e'clat. Available in Ash Blonde and in Oak Brown, these make the best stocking stuffers. For $88, you will never find a stocking stuffer as haute. (Click Here)

2. Crabtree & Evelyn 'Big Top Twelve' Hand Therapy Music Tin. This amazing set includes 12 ultra-moisturizing hand therapy creams in amazing scents, in a cute yet festive wind-up musical tin collectible. As a 0.9 oz., you will receive 12 amazing scents that make great stocking stuffers and gifts. Whether you want to give one to your mother or keep one back for yourself, you can grab this amazing Crabtree & Evelyn at Nordstrom for only $60. (Click Here)

1. MAC 'Keepsakes Gold' Lip & Eye Bag. Can you believe that the holidays are almost here? This set includes a Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad, along with a Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Posh Tone and a Mineralize Lipglass in Modest. Also included is a stunning sparkling grey clutch. As a $90 value, this Nordstrom exclusive is $59.50 and the best beauty stocking stuffer at Nordstrom. (Click Here)